While Chicago may seem like a concrete city on the surface, it truly boasts a number of beautiful parks perfect for spending a day out exploring as it gets warm.

With an amazing variety of parks both large and small with features that make them all worth visiting, there is an endless amount of excitement to be had in Chicago’s great outdoors. 

Today we’ll be listing just 5 of the many beautiful parks that make Chicago worth visiting all on their own. 

Maggie Daley Park 

An amazing example of a great family-friendly park, Maggie Daley is a widely loved park in Chicago that offers all of the activities your kids could possibly want. 

This park offers things such as a climbing wall, fieldhouse, ice skating, miniature golf, a large playground, picnic areas, tennis courts, and skate and scooter rentals. 

Not only is this park perfect for families of all sizes with endless activities, it’s also just as beautiful as it is exciting with gorgeous custom-designed sculptural rocks and boulders ideal for climbers. 

Bartelme Park 

Mary Bartelme is another family-friendly 2.71 acre park in the Near West Side Community Area which showcases modern designs while sustaining the rich history behind the park. 

Pre designated zones offer different purposes with one for the beauty of the masterfully designed fountain plaza, one which is specifically designed as the children’s play area, a sunken dog park, and a stunning viewing hill overlooking the entire area, and much more. 

The park was beautifully designed with accessibility in mind with the children’s play area offering ADA accessibility that allows for dynamic play for the kids without traditional play equipment. 

This makes room for inventive ply for the kids to come up with new ways to enjoy outdoor fun. 

The 606 

Now we begin to look at some more unique Chicago parks which also double as beautiful trails. 

The 606 is a gorgeous, 2.7 mile elevated trail in beautiful Bloomingdale which runs over what used to be railroad tracks. 

It has now been repurposed into a widely loved running, biking, and what’s considered an urban hiking trail.

What awaits you are stunning views of lush, green spaces, charming neighborhoods you’ll fall in love with, and stunning historic areas of Chicago. 

The Riverwalk 

The Riverwalk is a different pace of activity as it is centrally located in what would practically be the heart of the city. 

A paved trail of 3.4 miles, this incredibly scenic and lively walk is located along the mesmerizing Chicago River. 

This is an incredible boardwalk path absolutely brimming with people at all times of the day and has the best views of the city’s one of a kind towering architecture, dazzling river, and kayakers or those on boat tours. 

Hyde Park 

The opposite of the more modern, buzzing boardwalk - Hyde Park is located in South Chicago’s more historic neighborhood.

A 5-mile run through this stunning park brimming with history will take you right through to other scenic areas like the University of Chicago, Jackson Park, Washington Park, and many historic and Gothic-style homes. 

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